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do you intend to rope climb as in in haul your body hand over hand up a rope, or
do you plan on rock climbing and use a rope to secure yourself if falling, if so:
will you be static climbing, securing with a rope fastened to some solid structure topside (rock, big tree with good roots etc) and a rope break (Sticht) in which case a 9 mill or two 5.5 mill will do- or
secured from below using belays along the route (prebolted or self positioned anchors) what are the potential distances between anchor points (a flexible 11 mm rope usually does the trick)
Contact; theoutdorshop, www.theoutdoorshop.com
Tel; 01908 568913
Located on the High Street, Stoney Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks.
They have a excellent selection of ropes for all occasions, as well as harness, screw gates etc.
Advise them what you are going to do and they will recommend the correct rope, etc. They have climbers on thier staff.
They also do a discount for HM Forces, Emergency Services, DOE, Scouts etc. (On production of ID).
They also have regular sales, so it is possible to pick up a good rope quite cheap due to it not selling, possible due to the colour or current fad.
I have brought in the past, a bright red (pinky) coloured rope for less than half the RRP, due to it not selling because of the colour.
Most of my ropes are around 10 mm (ish), but due to shot hands they don't get much use now.
Be careful and don't buy second hand, I know of some body who was selling some second hand ropes but he forgot to mention to the buyers, that he fell quite a distance on some of them, I think the buyers suss him out though, because the seller had his arm and leg in plaster.
1 1/2" (36mm) manila is what you're looking for. Expect to pay about Â£5 per metre plus another 5 or 6 quid to get the ends whipped. Its not worth bothering with less than 5m, and allow an extra 2m for tying off.
Have fun Tarzan.
Not to knock you commitment or anything but if you're doing this in prep for the AOSB it would probably be a lot easier to just get yourself a Â£10 chin up bar and use that. You don't actually need to climb a rope at AOSB but you need general upper body strength that can be built by doing chin/pull ups.
Incidentally, this is what I did in between briefing and main board and it made a lot of difference.
Much easier, more convenient and more general benefits. However, if you're really set on getting a rope then I've got nothing more to add!
It's definitely not worth buying the kind of rope they use at AOSB simply for preparation.
At AOSB Briefing they will teach you the technique and allow you to practise it there, and at AOSB Main Board you might spend some time hanging on one if you get certain command tasks, but I don't remember climbing any. However - on the assault course you use a rope to lift yourself onto a platform - something that can usually be done in one movement to lift your legs up.
As mentioned above - spend time on heaves and pressups, it'll be far more (universally) beneficial than buying a rope and practising rope climbs. Plus, its simply down to technique.
If you do get a chance to try it out at a school gym (they usually have them) or gym then go for it, otherwise don't worry, I'd never climbed a rope before AOSB Brief and seemed to fare okay.
Find some scaffolding to shimmy up, close enough (better if tanked up 'n wearing a super hero costume) - or look for a park with a kids adventure playground 'n elbow the 5yr olds out of the way - or take a big bay of Werthers to bribe 'em.